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Lebda Wants Bigger Role In Toronto

from Kevn McGran of the Toronto Star,

The defenceman essentially tutored under the likes of Nik Lidstrom, Chris Chelios and Brian Rafalski in his time with the Red Wings.

As great as it had been to play with them, and win a Cup, Lebda believes it’s time to fulfill the promise of his youth when he signed as a free agent out of Notre Dame.

In Detroit, ice time was limited for the slick, puck-moving defenceman, largely because the Wings had a great cast on the blue line. He played just about every game, but only about 15 minutes or so per game in his five seasons in Detroit.

He believes he’ll get his shot with the Toronto Maple Leafs after signing a two-year, $2.9 million contract.

read on

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Lebda To Toronto

via Toronto Maple Leafs twitter,

Leafs have signed unrestricted free agent D-man Brett Lebda to a 2 year contract.

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Burke Walks For His Son Brendan

from Bruce Arthur of the National Post,

On the 156th day of the rest of his life, Brian Burke woke up and he tried to keep another promise. He would march, he said. So he marched.

And marching was easier, in a way. Not that it was easy. As Brian Burke walked the streets of Toronto, sweating in the sun and waving at the sea of people at one of the world’s grandest Pride Parades, he thought about his son. He thought about Brendan, his beautiful boy. How could he not? Brendan was why he was here.

continued

thanks to a KK member for the pointer

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Kaberle Talk

Brian Burke mentioned earlier today that the Tomas Kaberle talks have been shutdown for the long USA Holiday weekend.

Plus, I heard Darren Dreger on 640am in Toronto earlier today and he said the whispers continue of Tampa being interested in Kaberle and the name Ryan Malone has been brought up.

Just something to think about over the weekend.

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Kulemin Re-Signs With Leafs

via TSN,

The Toronto Maple Leafs locked up one of their top six forwards on Friday, signing winger Nikolai Kulemin to a two-year, $4.7 million contract.

Kulemin, 23, scored 16 goals and 36 points in 78 games in 2009-10.

Taken 44th overall by the Maple Leafs in 2006, the Russian forward has 31 goals and 67 points in 151 games.

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Colby Armstrong To Toronto

via TSN TV, Armstrong signs for $9M for 3 years.

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Burke Doing It His Way

from Damien Cox of The Spin,

The tradtionalists in the game, or those without imagination who believe a championship team can only be built one way, are either pulling their hair out over Burke’s insistence on developing his own methods for constructing a winner in the salary cap era, or tut-tutting him for refusing to buy into their philosophies.

You just gotta love that.

So, with the announcement, “The Boston Bruins are proud to select Tyler Seguin” still ringing in their air, with people still insisting that Burke’s decision to trade two first rounders for Phil Kessel was pure insanity, what does the Leaf general manager do but go out and buy another player at the cost of more futures.

This is a GM who just loves to thumb his nose at conventional wisdom.

read on

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Morning Line

“I’ve been trying to warn our fans that this team that we’ve fallen in love with isn’t going to stay the same, but no championship team does. It’s kind of the nature of the world that we’re in.

“We’re doing the best we can to keep our core together.”

-Chicago Blackhawks GM Stan Bowman after trading Kris Versteeg last night.  More on Versteeg from Paul Hunter of the Toronto Star.

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Leafs/Blackhawks Trade

via Pierre LeBrun tweet,

Leafs get Versteeg and the rights to winger Bill Sweatt in exchange for forwards Viktor Stalberg, Chris DiDomenico and Philippe Paradis

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Mike Van Ryn Decides Not To Play Next Season

via MapleLeafs.com,

The Toronto Maple Leafs announced Wednesday that defenceman Mike Van Ryn has elected not to play in the 2010-11 hockey season.

Van Ryn, 31, has been rehabilitating his left knee after undergoing an osteotomy (knee re-alignment) on October 22, 2009. He did not appear in a game this past season due to the injury. The native of London, Ontario joined the Leafs in a trade with the Florida Panthers on September 2, 2008.

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Paul Kukla founded Kukla’s Korner in 2005 and the site has since become the must-read site on the ‘net for all the latest happenings around the NHL.

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